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drank Boo-Berry Cotton Candy by 52teas
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10th day of Christmas~

I decided to give this a shot of cold brewing. Not so sure about it that way, for some reason I was getting notes that reminded me of genmaicha.

It might need a longer steep or I just don’t like it this way. I may have to do a flash chill on it instead. It just didn’t come off sweet like candy.

I need to try it again soon but with a far lower temp too.

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I participated in /r/tea on Reddit’s secret santea swap and got these teas from a shop near the college my parents’ attended, Northern Illinois University! They’re going to the Orange Bowl so this shop made a little gift back with their NIU themed teas and one that’s orange for that, which I think might just be a ginger peach orange white tea renamed. But that’s okay.

So this one is named for their mascot, a husky dog, because get it, Assams are pretty husky teas. Adorable.

This is a pretty tolerable Assam for me to drink w/o any milk, and I didn’t have to wait for it to cool off a lot.

I have plenty of other Assams though that I probably wouldn’t come back to this in the future, even though this shop does sell online and it has the best name for a blend of Assam.

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drank Lemon Cardamom Chun Mee by 52teas
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I’ve been having an evening of baking…I wanted to enjoy this and then I ended up getting started on my mint cheesecake/brownie pie for Christmas. I still got to drink it although I just wasn’t paying too much attention to it.

When I opened the bag, my guess was lemonade. I hadn’t tried this one before so that was exciting, I hadn’t thought much of it when it first came out.

It was really good, very lemony, with just a hint of sweet spice. Still very much like lemonade but with a twist.

I may have it again tomorrow and then decide if I want a pouch, I enjoyed it a lot.

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drank Candy Cane by Della Terra Teas
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Figured I should have this this morning. I was trying to convince my brother last night to have some since the whole wisdom teeth thing has ruined food for a couple days. We got Italian last night and he had to wait for chicken broth and noodles to cook and went around smelling everyone’s dish LOL So last night he was “I want something sweet” and I’m offering him this, a couple other DTT ones I brought, a couple herbals after he said “I don’t think I like tea” and it never worked.

Oh well, he’s missing out cause this made for a great breakfast.

I do like Adagio’s Candy Cane better because it’s more like a straight candy cane. But the addition of chocolate in here is pretty awesome. Back in the day I used to like the chocolate peppermint candy canes but then one year they just started tasting like fake chocolate to me. So this reminds me of them, but way better.

I drank an entire 16 oz mug in no time. It’s not as heavily mint/chocolate as Swiss Mountain, which can taste like mint chocolate frosting amazingness, but the black base is more prominent and it’s a lot lighter, and definitely candylike instead. No need to add anything!

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drank Cocomint Cream by DAVIDsTEA
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Ohhh this smells so good. My brother just got his wisdom teeth out today and I’m sure he could drink it, but he wants to just smell it. Creamy and minty, and just sweet enough. I got a decent amount.

As it cools it gets creamier. I really have no idea what else to note other than it’s creamy, minty, and totally awesome.

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My friend picked me up some of these and sent me them. And finally I am trying them.

I used 4 pearls for 12 oz of water, and steeped them for 4 minutes.

The other jasmine black tea I’ve had tasted like candy coated chocolate. I loved it so much. I get the feeling these might be a bit different. Also I’m wondering in the ingredients if that’s a typo and meant to be Yunnan or if it is Hunan.

Anyway yes this one does not have that Cadbury mini eggs taste. It’s much more floral and tastes very much like honey.

I much prefer non-jasmine black pearls, but I couldn’t pass up the chance to try these. I’ve never seen jasmine black pearls ever, so to me it was worth the price to at least try them. But I just feel like I’m losing out on the maltiness and cocoa notes that I like about black pearls because the honey notes are so strong, and combined with jasmine it tastes a lot like honeysuckle.

I will definitely steep them again because maybe there will be less jasmine now, and I’d be curious to try them out in the gaiwan.

But it is nice to drink them and sit here with Tucker. He is laying next to me and snoring.

I was going to steep it again after dinner and my mom wanted to have some! Gasp. So I steeped it a second time of 4 min, and a third of 5. After that the leaves smelled more chocolatey/malty so I was excited this would be better. And indeed it was! Malty, earthy notes finally came out, and the jasmine was far more subtle but still present.

Autumn Hearth

Do you remember where the other jasmine black was from?


Yes, it’s from thepuriTea, I think it’s called Yunnan Black Jasmine or something like that.


This post just makes me want to try them more. I don’t really like Jasmine, but the fact that it is with black tea intriqes me

Tea Sipper

You should try Zentealife.com’s Phoenix Pearls! They are my absolute favorite!


I have a sample size somewhere at home.

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drank Double Chocolate Decadence by 52teas
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Following the preparation done by others, I am not getting chocolate at all.

I did enjoy this with a salted caramel chocolate biscotti, and I would have thought even that could have helped with chocolate but not really. I can get it a bit in the aftertaste.

On the plus side, it’s the new black tea base so it’s pretty good even if I’m not getting chocolate.

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drank Earl of Anxi by Verdant Tea
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Oh why did I only get a sample of this?!

I like Earl Grey but I prefer a lighter bergamot flavor, so this is already off to a great start before I even drink it. It brews up a very pale yellow and smells full of flowers.

It’s citrusy, like you know there is bergamot, but at the same time it doesn’t really feel like it, if that makes sense. The floral notes are even better. Jasmine goes so well with orange, I want to seek out more teas with that combination…it especially goes well with the tie guan yin (I’ve pulled up a green tea base one, meh).

I was really curious about the frankincense. I had to try a piece from the dry tea. It’s a bit waxy and now stuck to my back teeth but it was worth it. I thought maybe it was going to taste too much like a church, but it’s a very intriguing taste. I don’t even know how to describe it…definitely is like eating incense but in the cleanest possible taste. It definitely has all the elements of this tea in there, though.

I had two steeps of it and it was amazing, and I hope to make at least 2 more cups from the sample packet. And then get more. Because yum.


It is hard to describe but cleansing in a way. When I drink this tea, I feel like I’ve swept out all the cobwebs in my head (there are lots of cobwebs).


Interesting! I bought a sample but it’s in Ontario while I’m now in Saskatchewan. Guess I’ll have to try it in 2013!


Trust me, you will get at least 2 more. This tea steeps really well.


The frankincense softens in the hot water and releases it’s flavor more after the first steeping and onward.

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drank Lime Jello Salad Green Tea by 52teas
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So full. So full. My friend and I met up for lunch and we were going to a place called Thali where obviously they should serve thali…but they only have a lunch buffet for lunch now. Ummm…put that on your website.

So we went to a different place with thali and I was really full…but I had to go get a donut anyway. Shredded coconut donut it was! This place has the best cake donuts in the world and …they’re vegan somehow I am still baffled because I could have sworn egg had to make that donut possible.

I made this tea, obviously the tea for today, to have with the donut but it was so good that didn’t happen.

I still love this one a lot, I wasn’t expecting it in here at all…IIRC the note that shows up as my last logged because it has the most likes said April, and I was only the 3rd or 4th to review it then. But that’s okay, if this gets more people trying it, it’s delicious.

Lime and pineapple, tasty.


so full? there’s always room for jello!

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drank Cookie Dough by DAVIDsTEA
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Ok, sheng puerh experiment comes to a close for the time being, and now I am going to something that is hardly tea, hahaha.

I have been meaning to drink this since I got it about 2 weeks ago and I’ve just kept putting it off. I was even sitting here thinking, what was it I wanted to try? Ahh yes, cookie dough!

I was surprised by the temperature recommendation but I used 195 instead because I can.

There is one massive walnut that made its way into this cup so I’m hoping I like it. Walnut just doesn’t do it for me in tea, though the other times I’ve had walnut it’s been black teas so maybe this is different.

Man, this is what I wish that Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride tea tasted like! Except that this is definitely chocolate chip cookies. Dough, not so much. It smells like dough but it definitely tastes baked.

As it cools, the chocolate chip taste comes out a lot more. But through and through this is cookies, for sure. No need to even sweeten it.

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